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Forklift Warning Device for Factory Worker

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A worker at a forklift manufacturer (a welder) has a hearing loss and cannot hear forklifts approaching.


A warning device to indicate the approach of a forklift was constructed. This device uses an infra-red (IR) beam to detect the approach of the forklift and then activates a flashing light on the activated device and a vibrating pager on the client's belt.

Cost Analysis

This accommodation was undertaken as a Senior Design Project by three students.

Repeatability of Solution

This was a custom device. At a more general level, use of flashing lights or vibrating signals are common strategies for providing alarm signals to people with hearing impairments.


Gary M. McFadyen, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor

Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS 39762